Digital Workforce: The Master Plan (Part 3 of 4)

Third of a four-part series. As discussed in my previous blog, a depth chart can help businesses more effectively manage the digital skills and potential of their current workforce. The depth chart is an essential part of the overall master plan for digital workforce transformation. Foundational to the master plan is what we call an […]

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Need Digital Talent? Use a Depth Chart (Part 2 of 4)

Second of a four-part series. Week to week, professional sports teams don’t know which specific players will oppose them or (in championship season) even which team they will face.  They’re never sure which of their players will be sidelined by injuries, retire or be poached by the competition. All this is familiar to anyone competing […]

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Digital Is Here. Is Your Workforce Ready? (Part 1 of 4)

First of a four-part series. “Be digital.” I’ve thought a lot about this business mandate, and I fully agree that it’s not enough to focus on isolated digital initiatives or take anything less than a full-on approach to customer centricity and personalization. It’s completely true that business leaders need to think “digital first” when approaching […]

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On a Scale of 1-10, How Secure Are You?

A colleague of mine – a lawyer whose IQ is stratospheric – confesses to feeling terrified 99% of the time. Now, this is a guy who’s very well read, very savvy, a guy I’ve known for a long time and appears as serene as a summer lake. He snowboards and cycles without a helmet and […]

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Blockchain as a Design Thinking 2.0 Tool

I recently participated in an IDG-sponsored roundtable discussion on blockchain with representatives from the technology, consulting and academic worlds. All panelists agreed that we will see widespread adoption of blockchain technologies in business and beyond – but likely in ways we haven’t yet thought about. One common observation was that the business relevance of blockchain […]

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Half Man, Half Machine, All Centaur

A robot is going to steal your job. AI is only a handful of years away from being smarter than you. The bot uprising is coming to enslave or kill us all. Deep learning is creating code that we can’t understand. The great digital divide is coming. Maybe. Or maybe there’s another path forward. Our […]

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Hello, Robot Tax? Meet Habeas Corpus

Bill Gates recently sparked controversy in the Twittersphere for suggesting a robot tax.  His argument: that the government stands to lose an influx of funds from workers’ income taxes because intelligent machines will replace human workers. Now, I pay my taxes willingly, just like most everyone else.  I’m no spokesman for the Howard Jarvis society.  […]

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How Digital Collaboration Lets Humans Be Human

Many of us have grown up on a healthy diet of R2-D2, Skynet, Autobots, JARVIS and the Matrix. What was a mere notion – artificial intelligence, bots and algorithms coexisting with and influencing our lives – has now become integral to what we do, both personally and professionally. AI is disrupting the very core of […]

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A New Role for Medical Device Field Service

My first experience in service and repair came in the early ‘90s, working with leading telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Europe.  With deregulation, cost pressures and new technologies, telcos needed to completely change how they planned, dispatched, delivered and managed field service work. It was a tough mandate: Maintain service quality while increasing the […]

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